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Library Skills: How to Put a 280 lb Stone on Your Shoulder

My stone lifting is progressing nicely. I finally got a video of me shouldering a 280 lb stone. Shouldering is just what it sounds like: picking up a stone and putting it on your shoulder.


I’ve been doing most of my lifting with irregular, or “natural” stones. Meaning they’re not round or smooth like the Atlas stones.

That doesn’t mean that this is a better way of doing it, but I do like the charm and challenge of lifting something that was never meant to be lifted. You can see that half of the video is just me figuring out how to get a grip on the thing, then nearly losing it once it’s in my lap. Very challenging on the grip and forearms.

If you’re interested in stone lifting at all, I highly recommend Steve Jeck’s book Of Stones and Strength. 

A few observations:

  • Start slowly
  • Wear forearm protection if you can, but don’t expect it to take care of all your bruises–when the rocks get heavy, just resting them against your skin puts a lot of pressure on
  • Just walking around with a weight hugged to your chest can make you pretty strong
  • I’m only lifting stones once or twice a week right now–I don’t do a of reps, but this wears me out quickly


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  • Todd April 11, 2012, 6:31 am

    That’s cool. You’re doing a great job in your progression. Soon Fred Flintstone will be riding your back in the quarry. 😉

  • Ted Hessing April 11, 2012, 8:37 am

    You are all that is man, Josh.

    • Josh Hanagarne April 11, 2012, 7:02 pm

      Nope. Can’t fix my car or keep score at bowling.

  • Spencer April 12, 2012, 12:30 pm

    I need help getting rocks this big to my house. But I did get my hands on some serious phone books. Come teach me how to rip them!